Lincoln Riley Hosts One Of The Most Impactful Recruiting Weekends In Oklahoma History
Updated on Jan. 6, 2018 from the Texas Tech game recruiting weekend. Lincoln Riley earned commitments from a handful of recruits but they did not make their decisions public until today.
Heading into this weekend, some fans were cautious that playing Texas Tech would hurt Oklahoma’s case for landing all the top recruits that were coming in. Fans were scared that Texas Tech would thrash through the Sooners’ defense. A first quarter adjustment by Mike Stoops was all the difference for them on the field, and it might have made all the difference on the recruiting trail, too.
The “👀” were sent early this afternoon from Lincoln Riley’s twitter account. Then there was “👀 👀”, and then a ” 👀 👀 👀”, and even a “👀 👀 👀 👀 “… and expect to see a “👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 “. When Oklahoma fans look back two years from now to see how they were able to sustain success, this recruiting weekend for Texas Tech will be a huge part of that.
The first domino fell earlier this evening when consensus four-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins made the call. Perkins has been a Texas lean for the last two months, but his only visit to Norman sealed the deal:
— Ronnie Perkins™ (@Legendary11_) October 29, 2017
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After a three month wait, three of the four Lincoln Riley “👀” have finally made it official. The first of two eyes that made their decision known today was 5-star defensive back Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles. He made his emotional commitment at the Army All-American Game:
Franchise OU Insider Bob Przybylo
— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) January 6, 2018
— .44 (@Bookie_44) January 6, 2018
The second came later this evening when 4-star outside linebacker and Army All-American, DaShaun White, flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma:
— DaShaun White (@dmw23_) January 7, 2018
Between now and then, Mike Stoops went into Florida and landed 4-star OLB/DE Nik Bonitto out of one of the country’s powerhouse high school football factories, St. Thomas Aquinas. The decision came between Texas and Oklahoma up until the final hours, and then Bonitto let the public know of his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game:
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 5, 2018
Want to know why these commitments are so important for Lincoln Riley? Another elite recruiting class will put them into the “blue-chip” ratio of having your roster being more than half of four and five star recruits. This is an exclusive group that has won 13 of the last 15 national championships. Is Oklahoma ready for national championship No. 8? According to their recruiting, they are pushing for it.
The fourth googly eyes from the Texas Tech visit did not end up coming to fruition.